Investigation of a Stolen Vehicle by the Cornwall Community Police Service and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service leads to the seizure of 60,000 Cigarettes by the Cornwall RCMP Detachment

    AKWESASNE, ON, June 23 /CNW/ - On June 15th, 2008, a Cornwall resident
noticed that her friend's 2000 Chevrolet Impala had been stolen from her
residence located on Third Street East in Cornwall, Ontario. The registered
owner of the vehicle reported it stolen to the Cornwall Community Police
Service in the early hours of June 16th, 2008.
    Shortly after, an officer from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service
observed the stolen vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Island Road
in Akwesasne, Ontario. The officer located the vehicle parked at a residence
located on Island Road and observed the male driver trying to hide his
identity. The driver then immediately drove in reverse from the driveway at
which time his vehicle struck the push bar of the police vehicle. The driver
attempted to flee with the vehicle but was not successful as his vehicle
became locked with the police vehicle causing damage to both. After the cloud
of smoke disappeared, the driver had fled on foot and could not be located.
The two female passengers were apprehended after trying to flee from the
    Officers noticed that the rear seats had been removed and observed
several cardboard boxes of cigarettes in the rear of the vehicle. The two
21 year old female passengers, both residents of Cornwall, Ontario, were
arrested for allegedly being in possession of stolen property and were turned
over to the Cornwall Community Police Service for investigation. During the
investigation, officers from the Cornwall RCMP detachment were contacted and
seized 300 re-sealable bags of contraband cigarettes which represents 60,000
cigarettes valued at $6,600.
    The identity of the driver is still unknown but the investigation
continues. The vehicle, which is valued at $2,575, was also seized by the
RCMP. The cigarettes are believed to have been manufactured in the United
    "We are continuing to see people take desperate measures to avoid being
stopped by police while they commit criminal offences" states Sgt. Michael
Harvey of the RCMP. "Public Safety and security is our fundamental priority."

For further information:

For further information: Any further media inquiries, please contact
Sgt. Michael Harvey, Cornwall RCMP Detachment, (613) 937-2831; Chief of Police
Lewis Mitchell, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, (613) 575-2340; Sgt. R.
Burnie, Cornwall Community Police Service, (613) 933-5000 ext. 2414

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